VFW dedicates veterans memorial

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

PROCTORVILLE — The VFW Post 6878 of Proctorville saw a need to honor veterans in their community and they decided to do something about it.

The post has dedicated a memorial to all of the county’s veterans at the side entrance to the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. The site includes a brick monument, flower beds and several flags — the American flag, county flag,

POW/MIA flag, state flag and one for each branch of the service.

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“This is really a way for us to honor the memory of our veterans and honor the ones who are still here in the community,” said Albert Baker, a member of Post 6878.

The post started working on the project late last year.

Baker, a Korean War veteran, said the memorial is a way to keep the veterans’ efforts in the minds of those who may be too young to remember their sacrifices.

“All of these veterans gave part of their lives. Some gave all that they had to keep this country’s freedom,” he said.

The memorial is missing one very important piece, according to the post. They have been trying to get an artillery piece for the site for over a year. So far, their efforts have proven unsuccessful. Baker said the Pentagon has to release the weapons before they can be displayed.

“We have tried every way we know how to get one,” Baker said. “We have called and they just haven’t gotten back to us. They said they would let us know when we can get one.”

He said the post is hopeful that the final piece of the memorial will be in place in the near future.